Strumming Patterns Workshop – Saturday November 24th 2018

Would you like to improve your strumming?

Liz DeBarros, a Level 3 JHUI Ukulele Teacher, will be giving a Strumming workshop at the Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge (GZAL) in Parksville on Saturday November 24th, 10.30am to noon.

The workshop will cover strumming techniques – thumb strum, finger single, double and triple strums

The difference between beat and rhythm and how to choose which strumming pattern to use in each song you play

Strumming exercises using a variety of songs in different timings – 4/4; 3/4; 6/8 etc.

Move on from the single, down strum and enhance your Sing & Strum experience.

Cost of the workshop is $30. The workshop is suitable for Beginners who have a little experience, Intermediate upwards.

Limited to 20 students

Register through the GZAL website link below; scroll down to the Strumming workshop.

If you have any questions, please email Liz at 

No refunds for cancellations after Nov 17th 2018

Uke Orchestra in Qualicum Beach

There’s a Ukulele orchestra starting up at the Seniors Centre in Qualicum Beach – see details below

5 Five-week Ukulele Sessions: Melody, Harmony & Chords and Strum & Sing

Can you read and play treble clef notes and a few chords on the ukulele?  Join other friendly and supportive players for one or more fun sessions!                 Wednesdays 2:30 – 3:30 pm 2018/19.                                                                    

  1. September 19 to October 24. Jazz and Pop Standards.  Ensemble Tunes: 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords.  Fly Me to the Moon and Moondance. Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
  2. November 14 to December 12. Christmas and Seasonal. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. The First Noel, O Christmas Tree, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire and (Alvin!!) The Chipmunk Song.  Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
  3. January 16 to February 13. Jazz Love Standards. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. It Had to Be You and The Way You Look Tonight.   Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
  4. April 3 to May 1. Early Music. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. Scarborough Fair, Greensleaves and Suo Gan Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.
  5. May 22 to June 19. Jazz Standards and Beach/Summertime Tunes. Ensemble Tunes, 45 minutes: Melody, Harmony, and Chords. Summertime and Oye Como Va. Strum & Sing: 15 minutes. Group favorites.

For session details contact Cathy @ 250-594-2260 or

Ukulele lessons for beginners to advance contact Liz

Beginner Group Ukulele Lessons

A new four session series of Absolute Beginner group ukulele lessons with Liz DeBarros is starting at the Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge (GZAL) on Monday September 17th at 7pm. All the details are on their website .

Liz is also excited to announce a series of six ukulele workshops to be given at  GZAL over the course of seven months, starting with “Strumming Patterns” on Saturday November 24th, 10.30am to noon. Again, all the details are on the GZAL website, keep scrolling down the page to see all the workshops on offer. You can register and pay for the workshops through the GZAL website.

Liz DeBarros Level 2 JHUI Certified Ukulele Teacher

Naked Waiters featured in World of Ukes – UK Magazine

“Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andrew Nufer make up the talented young trio, The Naked Waiters. With equal measure of skillful playing and close-knit harmonies, their act wowed the crowd at this year’s Ukulele Festival of Scotland, so much so that they were immediately re-booked for the same event in 2019.” WE GOT AN ARTICLE IN THE UK UKULELE MAGAZINE! Scotland liked us enough to write about our performance, and we couldn’t be more honored. Headed to Vancouver island in a couple weeks for the Nanaimo Ukulele Festival!

Great Door Prizes

Door prizes will be given out at the Saturday evening concert and the Sunday afternoon Sing and Strum.

Arbutus Music Store has donated a Concert Ukulele with gig bag, pin, strap, along with 4 ukulele lesson at Arbutus Music School;

D’Addario Canada has donated several ukulele accessories, capo, strap, uke chord charts;

Empire Music has donated key ring ukulele tuners;

Tapestry Music has donated a concert ukulele;

Steve Doreen has donated a $300 gift certificate to be used towards a custom built ukulele;

And that’s without all the other donations from local businesses that help to make our Great Little Festival such a success


Group Lessons Starting in Parksville

The inaugural night of the new Parksville Ukulele Club at the Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge, Unit 5 – 1176 Franklins Gull Road (in the Industrial Area) on March 5th 2018 was tremendously successful; around 45 people attended.

Liz DeBarros will be holding a clinic there this Monday, March 12th; admission by donation. She will also be giving information on the two series of Group Lessons she will be giving at the club on alternate Mondays starting on Monday March 19th.

Click on the link below for more details

GZAL flyer for beginner lessons

GZAL flyer for strumming lessons

Starting on Monday 26th, there will be a “Sing & Strum” club on alternate Mondays lead by Ron Usher – drop in $10